Cultural and Equity Issues of Chinese Students Studying in Australia

Document Type

Journal Article


Common Ground Publishing Pty Ltd


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Computing, Health and Science




Wang, P., & Cross, J. (2005). Cultural and Equity Issues of Chinese Students Studying in Australia. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities & Nations, 5(3). Available here


Abstract: Globalisation and the recent rapidly-increasing size and diversity of the student population produce new demands and challenges on universities and their cultural, academic and local communities. With China becoming the major inter- national student source for Australia, educational institutions are challenged to develop strategies to improve educational and social outcomes for these students. Based on results from a major research project involving Chinese students studying at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, we identify significant cultural and equity issues of Chinese students studying in Australia. Factors and their significance that have impacts on these issues for Chinese students are identified and analysed. This research draws on the experience of the authors of academia and senior management of Australian and Chinese universities and an educational consultancy company. Conclusions are drawn and recommendations made for senior management of Australian universities to develop strategies of facilitating Chinese students' participation and integration in academic and local communities.